#NaNoWriMo 2013 Update

Hola everybody. ¬† ūüôā ¬† Not that I delude myself to think there are all that many anybodies reading this. ¬†But still. ¬†ūüôā

I haven’t done an update on NaNoWriMo in a while. ¬†Or really at all this month. ¬†Well, you can see my word count status over to the right, above my blog and mailing list subscription links (and really, if you haven’t signed up for the mailing list, why not? ¬†It’s spam-free, but it will inform you of upcoming releases and periodically provide exclusive free content. ¬†What more could you ask for a free signup? ¬†ūüėõ ). ¬†I’m a bit behind.

Started out pretty strong, but not completely up to snuff.  Then I hit a few zero word days.  But I made up for them (mostly) in the next several.  And then I kept on going.

As we “speak” I’m a 27,900 words on the month, with tonight and 8 more days to go (I’m writing this at 2100 local). ¬†Impossible, you say? ¬†Hell no. ¬†Looking at my NaNoWriMo stats page, I’m almost exactly where I was in 2011 when I won. ¬†At day 23, I reached 31,000-ish words. ¬†Then I had a 5,600 word day and a couple 3,000+ word days, and I came in right at the buzzer to finish up at a hair over 50,000 words for the month. ¬†Right now, I only need to do 2,500 words a day to make it.

Totally doable.  But it would help to get a few 3,000+ word days to lower that required amount.  Again, totally doable.

So I’m not out yet.

But I hear what you’re thinking. ¬†How’s the story coming, Kingswood? ¬†Well, that’s how. ¬†Glimmer Vale 3 is a rescue story that goes poorly, and then gets worse when the principals realize that the person they were out to rescue was, shall we say, not really in need of it. ¬†In fact, he was kind of shining some people on to get them out of his way. ¬†Naturally, the heroes who set out to do the rescuing find that a bit, shall we say, disappointing?

And hijinks ensue from there.

It’s good fun. ¬†I think. ¬†Plus, we get to delve a bit further into Raedrick and Julian’s past, and into Raedrick’s psyche in particular to find out what makes him tick. ¬†And that’s all good. ¬†ūüôā

I still have a bit to go on it, though. ¬†So I’ll get back to it. ¬†Just figured I’d do a quick check-in.

I’ll post the next chapter of The Pericles Conspiracy tomorrow, sometime. ¬†Until then, have a great night.

Later!

Novella Launch – What Lurks Between

Update – What Lurks Between is now live on amazon. Check it out!

Hola Amigos!

Just a quick post to update everyone on what’s new in the Kingswood world, besides the ongoing posting of chapters from The Pericles Conspiracy.

First, I’m doing NaNoWriMo again. ¬†I think I mentioned that before. ¬†I posted a little word count tracker on the sidebar, so folks can see how it’s going. ¬†If you hadn’t noticed, I’m a little behind going into today. ¬†Ok, 3,000 words behind. ¬†But I’ve got a string of 2,000+ word days going, and I plan to crank today and tomorrow (it’s Veteran’s Day so I don’t have work) to get caught back up. ¬†Then I can not slow back down, to get finished.

See what I did there?  Not slow down?

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Ok, the second thing is a bit more cool.  I pushed publish on a new novella this morning.

What Lurks Between

I finished this one earlier this year, sent it through to a few beta readers and got some great feedback, and then did nothing with it.  There were a couple reasons for this: 1) I initially meant it for Writers Of The Future but it came in way too long (25.5k words), 2) I was busy cranking on The Pericles Conspiracy and other things, and 3) I felt a little self-conscious about it.  More 1 and 2 than 3 really.

But anyway, a couple weeks ago, I went back through the beta reader/proofers’ comments and made the necessary changes and corrections. ¬†Then I did a re-read and caught a few typos and things that they missed. ¬†I also determined that I really like this little story. ¬†It’s not a big hefty, deep story. ¬†It’s just fun, which is the way I like it.

Here is the back cover copy:

From a place beyond reality, it comes to consume the world.

For Barry, getting a transfer to a new position as an electrician aboard the Ketcham Space Station summed up his professional life perfectly: just one dead-end job after another.  Little did he know that job put the fate of the world in his hands.

Waking up at home with no memory of how he got back from the Station, Barry soon finds that he brought something back with him.  Something hungry.   Now he has to stop it.  Somehow.

As you can no doubt tell, What Lurks Between is a mixture of scifi and horror.  The ebook is going to be exclusive on Amazon until February because I decided to give KDP-Select one last chance, for giggles.  However, the trade paperback version will be available in all outlets within a few weeks.

So look for What Lurks Between¬†on Amazon. ¬†It’s a bunch of fun.

Trust me. ¬†ūüôā

#NaNoWriMo and Finished Novels

Hola folks.

I’m departing from the chapters posting tonight to talk about other things. ¬†Three things, in fact.

 

1) I finished another novel last night. ¬†This one is called Out-Dweller, and it is the sequel to Glimmer Vale. ¬†I decided a little while back that I really really enjoy the Glimmer Vale world and characters, and I wanted to go back to them. ¬†Several of my beta readers (but amazingly no reader readers‚Ķalthough to be fair GV hasn’t had that many of those) agreed and have been pestering me to hurry the hell up and write a sequel.

So I did, and it was fun. ¬†It came it at just over 60k words, so it’s about 6,000 words longer than Glimmer Vale. ¬†I don’t envision any of the Glimmer Vale Chronicles (that’s the series title now) being much longer than that. ¬†My concept for these books is to keep them short (for novels) and fun. ¬†Considering that the setting is a mixture of fantasy and a western, I think it’s ready-made for the fun part, anyway. ¬†ūüôā

Anyway, Out-Dweller is off to the beta readers. ¬†Meanwhile, James Beveridge, the guy who did Glimmer Vale’s cover, is just about finished with the cover for Out-Dweller. ¬†I’ll post the finished version here and on Facebook when it’s ready. ¬†Trust me, it’s pretty kick-ass. ¬†Then I think I’m going to run another Goodreads giveaway in the second half of November for Glimmer Vale, to prime the pump for Out-Dweller’s release, if you will. ¬†Naturally I’m going to do a giveaway for Out-Dweller as well, but I think I’ll wait until I know better what day it will really be ready to go before I plot that scheme too much.

 

So that’s the first thing. ¬†Pretty cool, right?

*defeaning silence*

Exactly.

Right, item the second:

 

2) I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year. ¬†I think I promised that before, but it’s all official now.

You may (or may not) recall that I won NaNo in 2011 with Glimmer Vale, and failed it last year with a bunch of short stories. ¬†I want to say I got 33k-ish words done last November: nothing to mock, but not enough for NaNo. ¬†This year, I’m going to deviate from my initial plan a bit.

Well, sort of.

Recall that I planned to finish Out-Dweller a couple months ago, return to work on the sequel to Masters of the Sun, then get to Glimmer Vale 3 for NaNo and finish up Masters 2 in December and into the New Year.  Clearly I gooned that plan right up if I only finished Out-Dweller last night.

So I’m skipping Masters 2 and going straight into Glimmer Vale 3, starting tomorrow when NaNo begins. ¬†And I have no idea what’s going to happen in it. ¬†With Out-Dweller, I had a rough notion. ¬†For this one? ¬†Not a clue. ¬†So it’ll be interesting.

But that brings me to…

 

Item the third.

3) We are buying a house here in San Diego. ¬†Well, Chula Vista, but it’s close enough to San Diego proper that calling it San Diego is close enough. ¬†It’s a pretty kick-ass place and will give us a lot more room for the munchkins to do what munchkins do. ¬†And for Mommy and Daddy to do what Mommies and Daddies do. ¬†We’re closing on 20 November, and then will be moving in shortly thereafter.

Guess what that does for my NaNoWriMo schedule?

I’ll be taking a couple weeks of leave to facilitate the move-in, but even without work hanging over my head it’s going to be busy. ¬†Busy. ¬†Busy. ¬†Odds of getting a lot of writing done in the last week and a half of this month? ¬†Pretty low, I’m thinking.

Which means I need to finish Glimmer Vale 3 (or at least get it to 50,000 words) by the 20th.

Impossible?

Nah. ¬†In July 2011, I cranked out just under 30,000 words in ten days, as a challenge to myself while the better half and kids were out of town. ¬†That’s a greater daily word count than I’ll need to pull this off now. ¬†Of course, the better half and munchkins are not out of town, and we’ll have moving preps to do over the next couple weeks. ¬†And I still have work. ¬†But hey, it’s just 2,500 words/day. ¬†I write about 1,500-1,700 words/hour. ¬†Given that, it’s only an hour and a half to an hour and 45 mins a day. ¬†Go a bit longer on the weekends to add a bit of buffer.

Totally doable.

I just have to actually do it.  Which means no screwing off on the internet, I guess.  *sigh*

And speaking of screwing off on the internet, I think I’ve done enough of that for one evening. ¬†I’m going to hit the rack, then get up early to get started on Glimmer Vale 3, and NaNoWriMo.

Have a great night, everybody.  Wish me luck!

 

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#NaNoWriMo Update – or – Why It’s Not Bad To Come Up Short

Well, it’s 22:19 on the 28th. ¬†I’m just about to hit 30,000 words for the month.

Not bad.

But…not good enough for NaNoWriMo. ¬†Of course, I’ve got some more writing in me tonight, so I’ll probably get to 31,000 or so today. ¬†With two days to go I could still get to 50,000. ¬†If I didn’t have to go in to work or take care of the family. ¬†So I’ll probably end up with around 35,000 words for the month. ¬†Respectable, but it means I’ll be batting .500 for NaNo.

And that’s ok.

I realized a week and a half or so ago, when I didn’t write for several days straight on account of doing fun things with the family, that I wasn’t going to make it this year. ¬†Oh well, no big deal. ¬†The main point of NaNo for me, this time, was to get myself back into the habit of writing, since between the move, adjusting to San Diego and the new job, and the new kid’s arrival, I didn’t write much at all over the summer and early fall. ¬†And from that perspective, NaNo has been a total success.

35,000 words, divided up into a 16,600 word novelette, the completion of a second mid-teens novelette (which I started last month and am finishing up now), a 9,000 word novelette, and the start of a fourth short story which may just turn into a novelette before I’m done with it since that’s what seems to happen more often than not, lately. ¬†Not too bad a showing for a month’s work.

So that’s that.

So…what’s next?

I’ve been thinking a lot about goals for 2013. ¬†So I’ll be fleshing those out a bit and making preparations to track them in better detail than I did this year. ¬†And I’ve got a few stories to send to markets and/or publish in December. ¬† That’ll eat up the first week of the month, probably. ¬†Then it’s back to Pericles. ¬†I really need to hunker down and finish that thing up. ¬†If I can do in December what I’ve done in November, I think I can do that, too. ¬†Worst case, I’ll finish it up in January. ¬†Then comes the big question: pub it or send it on the query-go-round. ¬†I’ve been pondering sending it out to editors as sort of a challenge to see what happens. ¬†But that does seem like a total pain in the butt, with very limited prospect for success or even positive feedback. ¬†*shrug* ¬†We’ll see. ¬†First thing is to finish the damn thing.

And then it’ll be time to assess 2012 and move on to 2013.

I’ve got great things in mind for this next year. ¬†More to follow on that topic in a bit. ¬†But for now, it’s back to that novelette.

Cheers!

Silence Like A Cancer Grows…

Yeah, I’m feeling a little bit saucy. ¬†Hence the play on Simon and Garfunkel in the title of this post.

It’s been a while since I last posted anything. ¬†And a lot’s happened in the interim. ¬†So why haven’t I talked about it? ¬†Ehh. ¬†Or rather, meh. ¬†No idea. ¬†Didn’t feel like it? ¬†I was doing other things? ¬†Both? ūüôā ¬†Regardless, I’m back posting now, so all five of you who come around to read my musings can be happy again. ¬†ūüôā

So….current events.

  1. I mentioned this before, but what the heck, it bears repeating. ¬†I had another kid! ¬†ūüôā Or rather, my wife did. ¬†I delivered him, though. ¬†No, seriously. ¬†When our daughter was born, almost five years ago (her birthday is the 26th), we had her at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH. ¬†They are awesome. ¬†State of the art, progressive (in the good way, not the political/economic way), and just all around cool. ¬†Their birthing center was ridiculously nice, and comfortable, and… ¬†You get the point. ¬†Well, they made a point of letting dads assist in the actual delivery if they wanted, as opposed to them standing back, trying not to get their fingers crushed as their wives squeezed on their hands, and feeling helplessly useless. ¬†So naturally, I was all over helping the midwife pull little Sibylla out when she arrived. ¬†Talk about wicked cool. ¬†For the first two boys, though, the hospital staff essentially gave me the Heisman, except they did let me cut the cord. ¬†Yippee. ¬†Not. ¬†‘Cause that’s not nearly as cool as doing the delivery. ¬†Well, little Kiran (that the new guy’s name) we had at the Naval Hospital here in San Diego. ¬†When they asked if we wanted anything, I piped up that I wanted to deliver. ¬†And awesome of awesome, they said, “Sure!” ¬†So as soon as the Doc got the head and shoulder positioned right, I got the nod, took hold, and voila! ¬†I got to pull him out. ¬†ūüôā ¬†And then after the cord blood collection, I played with the placenta a little. ¬†ūüėõ ¬†Well…ok, I didn’t play with it. ¬†But dude. ¬†It may be the Engineer and the nerd in me coming out, but seriously, if you’ve never seen a placenta before, you’re missing out. ¬†They are really cool. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†So anyway, our clan now consists of 4 kids (I say now, but this happened in the middle of September so it’s not all that recent. ¬†Sorry). ¬†And we’ve decided four is enough, so we took steps to ensure we don’t have to worry about it, if you know what I mean.
  2. Of far less importance, but still cool, I heard back from Writers of the Future regarding my 3rd quarter submission. ¬†Honorable Mention. ¬†Again. ¬†Now that’s pretty cool. ¬†But it makes 3 HMs now. ¬†And granted, this one is from a new judge, since David Farland took over. ¬†But I would really really like to bust over the HM hump into the higher categories, one of these days. ¬†You know: semi-finalist, finalist. ¬†Winner. ¬†Oh well, only one way to do that: keep writing and submitting. ¬†So I guess I’ll go ahead and do that. ¬†ūüôā
  3. I’m doing NaNoWriMo again. ¬†Last year, if you recall, I wrote Glimmer Vale for NaNo. ¬†I had toyed with writing Glimmer’s sequel this year. ¬†But instead I decided to just crank out short stories. ¬†I did this for a couple reasons. ¬†First, that was what I said I was going to do way back at the beginning of the year. ¬†Second, on the Yahoo Group for writers who have attended Dean and Kris‘ workshops, they have this thing called Club 25 going on: a challenge to epublish 25 titles this yes. ¬†Well I’m currently at ten, but I figured if I could crank out ten 5,000 word stories in November, I could totally catch up. ¬†And three, I kind of fell off the writing wagon for a few months there, between moving to San Diego, settling into the new job, and welcoming a new kid. ¬†I figured NaNo would be a great way to jumpstart myself. ¬†ūüôā ¬†So…how’s it going? ¬†Well, so far the shorts are all novelettes. ¬†And I’m lagging. ¬†At present I’m something like 9,000 words behind. ¬†So I’m beginning to doubt I’ll get to the 50,000 word mark for the month. ¬†Unless I get a couple 5,600 word days down like I did last year. ¬†Which is possible, so I’m not out of it yet. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Regardless, I’ll have finished a number of good stories this month so it’ll be a win either way. ¬†And it’s been fun, so that’s what matters. ¬†ūüôā
  4. I discovered some cool music.  This guy calls himself Miracle of Sound, and he writes songs based on games, movies, you name it.  His songs are quite fun.  I picked out two of my favorites to share with you.  The first is inspired by Skyrim, the second by Dragon Age 2.  Check them out, then go to YouTube and give the guy a like or six; he deserves it.  You can also buy his music from his website, quite reasonably.  
  5. My friend¬†J E Medrick (you may recall I sung her praises for her first novel, Shackled, a while back) released a new novella the other day. ¬†Youth is a great story about a prescription drug that will restore the elderly to youth and vigor, but at a price: everyone who takes Youth dies within a month. ¬†Now, I’ve only read about half of it, because that’s all she sent me. ¬†But it’s a fascinating concept, well executed. ¬†I recommend you check it out.

That’s about it on the news front. ¬†All in all, things are going pretty well. ¬†I’m beginning to think about my goals for next year, and to evaluate how I did this year. ¬†To be brief: not so good. ¬†That writing hiatus in the summer and early fall really did in a number of my goals. ¬†But that’s ok. ¬†Life rolls happen, and these rolls were good ones, so I’m not going to beat myself up. ¬†I am going to change my methodology for next year, though. ¬†Enact a bit more nerd-ness and statistical tracking, that sort of thing. ¬†It’s going to be great.

So I think I’m going to let you go with that. ¬†I firmly intend to get back to posting with greater regularity, now that things are, more or less, settled here in my world. ¬†Until then, here’s hoping all y’all in internet land have fun.

Just remember what I tell my kids: everyone likes a wino, but no one likes a whiner. ¬†Moral of the story: when in doubt, drink more. ¬†ūüėõ

 

Cheers!

Winner!

Scrivener counted 50,074 words, but my official NaNoWriMo word count is 50,056. ¬†The difference doesn’t matter though, because I won baby! ¬†Aw yeah!

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Here’s a screen grab from my stats page on the NaNoWriMo site.

You can see a couple weeks ago where my professional setback also set back my writing. ¬†At one point I was over 10,000 words behind the nominal word count. ¬†It would have been tempting at that point to say screw it and quit. ¬†But where’s the fun in that? ¬†Over the last week and a half, I’ve really been able to crank it hard, including my single largest word count day to date (last Friday at 5,576 words). ¬†End result – a WIN, baby. ¬†Woohoo!

Now, Glimmer Vale is not done. ¬†Not completely. ¬†I still have about 1,000 to 2,000 words of the final battle to write and a few thousand words in the middle. I wager it’ll end up at around 60,000 words total. ¬†Not quite as short as I thought it would be, but still a nice quick, and (dare I say it?) fun read. ¬†I expect I’ll have it, and the first Pericles Conspiracy novella, done before the end of the year. ¬†That, and another Writers of the Future submission.

It’s going to be a fun Christmas holiday.

#NaNoWriMo – 4 Days And Counting…

It’s time for an update! ¬†Because that’s how I roll. ¬†ūüôā

I did not rock quite as hard yesterday as I did on Friday, or as I wanted to.  I got just under 2,000 words written.  So far today I have 1,548 words down, for a total of 40,091 words.  Pretty good.  But not good enough.  Just under 10,000 words to go, and 3 and a half days to do it.

Can it be done? ¬†Oh hell yeah. ¬†And I’m going to do it, too. ¬†At this point, I’m close enough to making it that I’ll be SERIOUSLY pissed at myself if I don’t go the distance. ¬†Besides, Glimmer Vale has become quite interesting (I think). ¬†It’ll be fun to see how it works out. ¬†I’ve got the last chapter written already, as well as the first 20 or so. ¬†I have jumped around in the past (I did it with Masters quite a bit). ¬†In this case, I know exactly how I want it to finish. ¬†The trick will be getting the rest of the action to match up with the desired end goal. ¬†Fun, fun.

As if that weren’t enough motivation, fellow writer Kevin McLaughlin provided even more motivation in his blog today. ¬†He’s going to totally crank out words Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. ¬†If he can crank out 42,000 words in three days, I can surely crank out 9,000 in 3.5. ¬†So here’s wishing Kevin good luck and easy-flowing words.

I’ll get back to Glimmer Vale now.

Rock The House

I totally rocked my writing goal yesterday.

I wanted 5,000 words. ¬†I got 5,579. ¬†As Lightning McQueen says, Ka-CHOW! ¬†That brings me up to 36,586 words this month toward Glimmer Vale for #NaNoWriMo. ¬†That makes yesterday my best writing day ever, and ditto for this month. ¬†Even in July, with my 30,000 word challenge, I didn’t end up with much more than 30,000 words total. ¬†At this point, almost no matter what, I’ll end up with over 40,000 words. ¬†And the 50,000 word NaNo goal is back in the totally doable box. ¬†According to Scrivener and the NaNo website, I just need 2,682 words per day from here on out and I’ll make it.

Now, I intend to do more than that today and tomorrow. ¬†My goal for today: get to 41,000 words. ¬†Today’s target per the NaNo glide slope is 43,333 words. ¬†So getting to 41,000 will put me right back in the running. ¬†Then tomorrow if I can rock it again I could be back to even, or even slightly ahead of the game. ¬†Sweet.

The really cool part is I like where Glimmer Vale is going quite a bit. ¬†As always, I found myself adding scenes and events that I never had in mind at all when I first thought of the idea for the tale. ¬†And that’s good; I think it’s a much more interesting story because of that. ¬†And of course, it’s wicked fun. ¬†Swordfights, magic, bandits, heros, lovely women with biting wits, a little bit of intrigue…shoot, what’s not to like?

Ok, I guess I’ll get back to it then. ¬†Hope everyone else is having a great day!

#NaNoWriMo – Down To The Wire

31,537 words. ¬†530 so far today. ¬†That’s good, on track for my most productive writing month ever.

But it’s not quite good enough.

With six days to go, that total count means I need about 3100 words a day to reach 50,000. ¬†And that’s not so doable. ¬†At least, it won’t be come next week when I’m back at work. ¬†I managed to get in just under 1,700 words yesterday evening, Thanksgiving and all. ¬†I’ve got today off, and then the weekend as well, obviously.

So my goal is to get 5,000 words down for the next three days. ¬†That’ll get me all caught up with the NaNo curve by the end of the weekend and leave me in a good position to finish the month out properly. ¬†Possible? ¬†Certainly. ¬†The in-laws are here today and tomorrow, so that’ll help with childcare, and my wife has a big sale for her business tomorrow. ¬†And they’ll all want to go Black Friday shopping today. ¬†So there’s a good chance I’ll have plenty of time to write today and tomorrow. ¬†Sunday…all that’s going on is Football. ¬†We’ll see how it works out.

So yeah that’s the plan now. ¬†So enough gabbing: back to Glimmer Vale!

Chugging Along

I guess I should update everyone again on how things are going.

First, NaNoWriMo:

Yeah….not so hot. ¬†I am sitting at 28,480 words as of this moment and have gotten about 1,000 words down today. ¬†I fully expect to go over 2,000 today, but I need to get about 2,700 every day between now and the end of the month to reach the 50,000 word goal. ¬†Is it doable? ¬†Sure. ¬†Likely? ¬†Maybe not so much. ¬†We’ll see. ¬†Even if I don’t make it, I’ve made good headway on Glimmer Vale. ¬†I’m liking the story. ¬†But then I’m hardly a detached observer so maybe someone else will have a different opinion. ¬†ūüôā

Next, submissions:

I heard back from Writers of the Future about my 4th quarter submission, So You Want To Be A Dragon Slayer, a couple weeks ago. ¬†Wow they’ve really sped up their process. ¬†Anyway, no dice again. ¬†No win, not even an honorable mention. ¬†*sigh* ¬†But I really like Dragon a lot. ¬†A couple others have told me they like it too (one said it was her favorite of all my works she’s read). ¬†So naturally I wanted to do more with it. ¬†Unlike Delphinus, which I just uploaded as en ebook immediately, I’ve decided to wait a bit on Dragon. ¬†I submitted it to Analog last week. ¬†We’ll see what they think about it. ¬†Sure would be cool if they decide to print it!

But just in case I got to working on a cover for it. ¬†Obviously if it gets published it’ll be a while before I can put it out as an ebook, but it never hurts to work on a cover. ¬†And truth be told, I made the cover, then at the last minute decided to submit it vice immediately epubing it. ¬†So here’s what I have, after getting some feedback from a few people.

I think it rocks.  Comments?

Let’s see, what else…

Nada mas, I guess.  Ok, back to writing Glimmer Vale.  Have fun, all!